White Rascal | Avery Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Belgian 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 jdhilt
3.32/5  rDev -9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a one-finger white head that fades to a ring leaving no lace. Pale cloudy, yellow color with the chunky bits on the bottom. Medium bodied. Nose is a faint yeast. Medium-strong carbonation. Starts and finishes with a crisp citrus flavor that is not overwhelming. $1.49 for a 12oz bottle from Liquor Barn Lexington, KY.

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Photo of gbontrag
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Man I loved this beer! I didn't know such wheaty goodness was so close to home. Everything in this beer is imported. Made to be a Belgian witbier.
pours like fermented, or cloudy lemonade. It has a huge white froth like a summer cloud. It holds the lace like a Victoria's Secret model.
Aroma of bread, saddle blanket, orange peel under a saddle.
The orange opens nicely as a vaporous zing. Citrus. Delish Saaz hops. This is goddamned refreshing! Lemon grabs the palate like a flashback as the beer goes down. Yeast provides a nice sourness that just brings down the house. So perfectly balanced. This is a short story about complexity. Not clean; there's dried orange peel, vanilla extract, a chalky mouthfeel. The whole beer seems geared to make this raw wheat funkiness a good tasting experience. And it is!

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Photo of Quaffer
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in Dallas, I think. Not available in Wichita.

Appearance: This beer poured an extremely cloudy, light yellow color. The white head was coarse and rose up high, but dissipated rather quickly. Lacing was minimal.

Smell: Straight up Mandarin oranges right after the pour. Kind of heavy and sweet at that point. After the beer had settled, though, the citrus component lightened up and was joined with mild grains and spicy yeast. Some alcohol came through strongly, which surprised me for this style of brew.

Mouthfeel: Velvety in the mouth, with some roughness as it hit the throat. Light bodied without any chewy grain presence. It came across as watery at times.

Taste: Nothing special here. It was really light in the citrus and orange catagories. Any spices, such as coriander, were hardly noticeable. The yeast contributed its own spiciness, and there was little grain presence. One of the strongest flavors was the alcohol, but it seemed to come and go with each drink.

There are many, many other wits out there that I would rather drink, though I have had worse.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, in a tumbler glass.

Appearance: Pale yellow, small head. Lots of cloudy haze, and small bubbles forming and flowing upwards.

Aroma: Soft wheat aroma, with a touch a vanilla.

Flavor/Body: Lot of wheat taste up front, with spicy notes from coriander present but not dominant. Yeasty, dusty flavor lingers at the finish. Light body with a slight citrus character.

A nicely balanced, light beer. Subtle and tasty.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.6/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

White/straw color with a decent white head. Spicy aroma dominates (coriander) with black pepper notes and wheat in background. More fruity in flavor than it smells with lots of orange zest... nice. Medium bodied and smooth ... very refreshing.

Nice - A rebuy !

Label states: "Malted barley, imported Belgian malted wheat, Czech Saaz hops, coriander, Curacao orange peel"

'03' emb on bottom ('1613' lasered)
Tasted: 10/16/04

(1.43 / 12 oz.)

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Photo of far333
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy straw yellow with a thin foamy head that does not rise up very much, and then sizzles down to nothing like soda bubbles. Aroma of sweet, doughey yeast, and some banana. Thin and watery mouthfeel. Thin flavor of yeast, some spiciness on the tongue, and a pungent lingering finish. Tough to pinpoint the nuances coming out, but there is defintely some citrus and some coriander, and some fine orange peel bitters.

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Photo of TheJudge
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the tap a cloudy yellow, nice fluffy white head. Exactly as you would expect. Smell is a mellow wheat which touches the back of the nostril passage by the throat. very pleasant with hints of the citrus to come. Yummy taste. Slightly bitter aftertaste from this very citrusy beer ( I took the lemon out immediately, so it wasn't from that). This was enjoyable bitterness. It is a very carbonated beer, which I liked and made it feel good and go down easy. Like most wheat beers, I this it would get tiring after a while. It has a somewhat heavy feeling, despite the airiness of the carbonation and mouthfeel. A good beer, and a good effort.

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Photo of bditty187
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale gold in hue with tawny highlights, fairly hazy, I managed to keep the big glob of yeast in the bottle. The head was white in color; at the apex it was almost one finger in height. Head retention was fair; it rapidly slipped to a skinny cap. Subsequent lacing was unorganized and spotty plus it didn’t cling all that well. I thought, maybe, Avery would tinker with a classic style. They didn’t on this occasion. The nose is pleasant; it is as strong in potency as can be expected for the style. There is a big dash of wheaty-mustiness then comes a flash of spice, citrus, orange, and vanilla. I have no complaints with the bouquet. It is not flashy or very zippy but it is inviting. The palate is very tasty and it is not bold or crazy hoppy. The taste is ideal for the style. I like the big wheaty taste, which couples nicely with a bit of yeasty musk. Yum. The citrus bite is petite but big enough, once this subsides an orangey taste moves in. The finish is home to the coriander and other spices. There is a good firmness in the taste as well, some “straight” malt qualities too. I am surprised at the lively tang. The citrusy flavors only seem to grow in time (and warmth). This is very clean for a Wit as well, which is very nice; the spices didn’t wear me down. Medium in body, lively carbonation, the mouthfeel is pleasant. It is very refreshing and just as drinkable. This is worthy of buying a six-pack of, a good warm weather beer. Low enough abv to session with. Simplicity works. I purchased a 12-ounce bottle in Brookfield, WI. Nice stuff.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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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Photo of finepaws
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden yellow. Nice foamy head if you swirl the last of it before adding to glass as suggested. It does dissapte, but laces the glass nicely. Smells like spicey oranges. If my sniffer was better I'm sure I could give more description. Tastes like wheat and citrus. You can almost taste the spices in the after taste. Has a good combination of thickness and flavor. I really like this one. Not too sweet as I have found some witbiers to be. This is a good summer six packer.

On a re-review, in comparing this to Hoegaarden and Flying Dog's In-Heat-Wheat. this is spicier. Should I campare, maybe not, but for my own notes, it helps.

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Photo of kosmoraios
4.32/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent ale for the style. Poured agressively from the bottle a nice light golden color with a small, half-finger head in my Duvel tulip glass. The head clings a bit to the glass as you drink. The aroma is wheat and citrus with an underlying cashew-like nuttyness from the yeast that resides at the bottom of the bottle. The taste is crisp and clean. Light and refreshing, but not TOO light, with hints of orange, coriander, lemon and wheat. Finish is dry and crisp with a lingering citrus flavor somewhere between tangerine and lemon. Carbonation is just right for a wit. A very drinkable, very enjoyable summer ale that I recommend trying.

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

The beer pours a hazy pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a light and refreshing wheat scent with a dry finish. There is some coriander and orange peel here which rounds out the aroma; very nice. The taste is good. It has a dry wheat flavor with some banana and clove hints along with bitter orange peel and coriander. It goes down smooth and finishes with a dry, yet fruity aftertaste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a fine wit. It's well rounded and highly drinkable.

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Photo of ManekiNeko
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle served chilled in a pint glass.

Appearance: Cloudy pale yellow topped by a smallish white head. Visible carbonation. Head dissipates to a film and left no lacing.

Smell: Lemony citrus zest with some coriander in the background. Whiffs of wheat malt. Mildly sulfury.

Taste: Sweet, slightly sour pale wheat malts with lemon and coriander spice on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light and ephemeral with no aftertastes. Quite crisp.

Drinkability: Pretty quaffable summer brew. A decent and solid interpretation of the style, but I've had better.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice pale yellow color with a finger of head. The nose is orange and spices. The beer tastes of orange and spice, just like it smells with a bit of hop staying on my tongue after swallowing. A decent take on a witbier. The beer is light to moderate in my mouth, with a bit of carbonation burn on my tongue. This is easily a session beer on a warm night. Nicely refreshing.

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Photo of BrewMaster
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a thick head that dissipates quickly to large bubbles and then to lacy islands. Looks very heavily carbonated.

Tight aroma characteristic of a Belgian Witbier. Not very spicy, only smells of corriander.

Mouthfeel is very thin and watery on the palate. The flavor has an almosty meaty taste to it. Very little aftertaste but that aftertaste has a soft bready flavor. Not surprising for a wheat based brew. It leaves a lot of flavor to be desired though. Very weak and tasting somewhat watered down.

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Photo of Hefe
3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted on 7/15/04. Served plastic tasting cup at the DFH - Avery Brewing tasting at R.F.D.

Appearance: Hazy luminescent white, fluffy sticky head.

Smell: Tart and spicy. Lemon, coriander, wheat, yeast.

Taste: Yeast, citrus, coriander. Wheat and malt background. Tart finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth creamy mouthfeel. Delicate body

Drinkability: Another enjoyable wit, if not earthshattering.

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Photo of beergeek279
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in the 12 oz. bottle into a goblet. The color is a hazy gold, with a wispy white head. The smell is a very strong coriander. The taste is a noticable wheat tartness with just a bit of the coriander that was in the smell. Mouthfeel is a bit flat for a wit. As for drinkability, maybe have a few.

Ahh, sort of a meh witbier. The smell promised so much, but the flavor didn't quite deliver. This wasn't a terrible beer, but with so many good witbiers out there, this one could easily get passed over; still, I'd give it a try again.

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Photo of granger10
2.53/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I really like Avery and think they have some great beers to offer. Unfortunately this beer was the worst Avery beer I have had to date. The pour left the beer very pale in color and somewhat watery looking even though it was slightly hazy. The smell and taste were overly spiced and maybe this was an older bottle but it tasted a bit skunky as well. Just not that good imo. I might try again and if the bottle is fresher I might enjoy it more. But since I don't see a freshness date I'll believe that this was a somewhat fresh bottle and simply a below average beer.

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Photo of arizcards
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a couple of bottles at TJ's recently.

This was a cloudy pale golden brew that left a sticky lacing down my pint. It has a fairly sweet fruity smell maybe of orange peel. The taste was not complicated as the result was a wheaty fruity smooth finish. It had smooth mouthfeel with a slightly acitic finish. Overall drinkability was pretty good, kind of a curious beer but worth another shot if offered by a friend.

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Photo of smcolw
3.19/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Big bubbled head that dies far too quickly for the style; no lace. Light orange/yellow color; extra cloudy, which is appropriate.

Citrusy smell, low yeast (different from my review from four years ago)

Soda pop fizz for the carbonation level--it makes the liquid seem too watery for my tastes. The flavor is classic wheat: lots of citrus and spiciness. The finish is very dry and short living.

This is an easy wheat beer to drink, but the appearance and body detract significantly.

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Photo of 99bottles
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured an insanely light pale yellow color and had a small lively head of white. This is the lightest witbier I've ever seen, yet it still is very cloudy and obviously unfiltered. The smell is of light yeast and very strong citric lemon. The taste is very one sided; that side being a load of corriander. If you want to know how this tastes, buy some cilatro seeds, crush them in your teeth and gargle. I detect none of the curaco orange peel they say is in this, and I was rather disappointed by the yeast. The strain is not very strong tasting, and leaves this beer feeling almost too light and thin. I expected more clove taste also, yet only got light cinnamon in the last breath. The mouthfeel is very watery and the carbonation is weak. Drinkability is great though, as anyone could quaff these all day and all night. Not bad in any way, but not as good as other more available witbiers.

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Photo of merlin48
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours one of the palest yellow colors I've ever seen. Very cloudy from the unfiltered yeast, and the white head rises a couple of inches before settling into moderate patch lacing down the glass.

Aroma is enticing. Very spicy, with cloves, coriander, and allspice. Quite citrusy, as well, with lemon and orange peel hard to miss. Some wheat and yeast notes are also picked up.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and well carbonated.

The taste is spicy, and citrus rind bitter. Yeast and wheat are in the background. Bittersweet dominates all the way through, with a pronounced spicy character. The finish has a softer, orange liqueor note. Very clean aftertaste, considering all the spiciness and unfiltered yeast.

Good drinkability, thanks mostly to the soft finish and clean aftertaste. Light body makes this a nice warm weather seasonal. Another winner from Avery.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

The White Rascal pours a hazy, very light yellow-white. It has a decent sized white head that has good retention and some lacing.

The aroma is musty and yeasty with some slight citrus notes (orange peel) and some spiciness.

The taste is yeasty and spicy (corriander) with more of the citrus (lemon and orange) coming out and some sweetish malts which helps balance it nicely. It's a little on the thin side. It has a nice, crisp finish and is very easy-drinking.

Overall, a great summer brew.

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Photo of mattcrill
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: standard 12 oz. brown bottle. Pours into a glass with a nice foamy head and is very cloudy due to the unfiltered sediment. Nice thin lacings that bounce around the glass
smell: nice and hoppy with a hint of spice or fruit
taste: very light, nice carbonation, good hop taste with a hint of orange
mouthfeel: carbonation dances all over your tongue and the spice, hops, and orange really get your system going
drinkability: This is my first venture into anything other than a stout, porter, or brown ale. I'd have to say that I'm pleasantly pleased. I'd been scarred in college by all the bud lights and lighter beers. But this will cause me to think about beers that are lighter than brown. Good stuff.

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Photo of hobbes2112
3.22/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Extremely light beer with a light small head that dies off quickly. Cloudy from the sediment that I mixed up from the last gulp. Fairly clear orange presence, but overall this has a sublte spice content. This is a great warm weather beer, especially with picnic favorites such as chicken salad on ciabata.

A little pricey in my area (about $7.50 6-pack) but worth throwing into a mixed pack.

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White Rascal from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 2,584 ratings