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 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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Photo of Bierguy5
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From the bottle pours a cloudy light golden color with a white foamy head. The head stayed a while, and there was a good amount of lace on the glass. Smells spicy and citrusy, like an orange. Taste is a good wheat sourness followed by an earthy, spicy flavor that I assume is the corriander. Light body with appropriate carbonation. Overall not bad, but something did not seem right in the finish. Perhaps it was too yeasty. Maybe there is no such thing, but the finish took away from the drinkability for me. I don't think that I would pass it up. May need to revisit in the future.

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Photo of oberon
3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
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 LarryKemp
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This wit poured a very clear pale yellow with a cloud like white head that lasted quite some time

The aroma was more subtle than I had expected. There were some hints of honey after the the beer settled down and lost some if its head.

The flavor had some citrusy bitterness but with some hop bitterness also on the back of the palate. The taste was just not complex enough for me. Nothing bad but little stood out.

Mouthfeel was supurb. The body was a light medium with the carbonation and acid playing with the tongue and roof of the mouth. By far the best part of this beer.

I had some friends over yesterday to brew and I bought a six pack of this beer. It was good enough for guys like me to enjoy but not so weird and pushing the envelope that the newbies could not enjoy it. I recommend this beer to start a conversation with your novice beer drinking friends.

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Photo of dauss
4.46/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Its a winter wheat ale. Pours a clear pale golden yellow. If you follow the instructions on the bottle, which tells you to resere just a little beer in the bottle, and then swirling to mix up the yeast, and then pouring the rest into the glass, it becomes a beautiful clear, pale golden yellow with swirls of lighter yellow and cloudy whisps. Medium white head that fades slowly. It was quite a sight. Thin lacing over the glass. Tastes like a wheat beer should. Crisp, clean. Hints of orange, spices, and a good wheat flavor. Finishes dry. A very good beer.

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

12oz Bottle No Date. Poured a cloudy lemon drop yellow with a sizable white head that settled down quickly. Aroma is strong with yeast,clove and citrus. Body is effervescent and soft. Flavor is wheaty with notes of coriander and yeast. Although not as good as say Allagash, this is still a very good Witbier for an American brewer to churn out. Refreshing and flavorful.

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Photo of Sixpack595
2.88/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a horrible Wit, but not one I plan on buying again. Spicy, faintly fruity, and rubbery aroma...not a good start. Pale straw color with a thin, rapidly fading head. Flavor is just like the aroma, save for the rubbery taste is subdued and the finish is a bit hoppier than I expect from the style. I think the last 5 from the sixxer will be given to my cretin friends so they can't accuse me of only pawning off cheap beer on them. Suckers.

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Photo of mzwolinski
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Odd. All my reviews today seem to be rather contrarian. Well, so be it! I *like* this beer. It made me write down "yum" in my tasting notes, which is not something I often do.

It's not that great looking -- clear gold with a thin white top, and more of a hazy yellow when the yeast is added. The aroma is OK -- sharp and citric at the start, with some developing floral and spice notes.

But the flavor just struck me as really, really nice. Ample carbonation lends a nice zing to the first sip, along with something of a sharp, wheaty taste. Toward the middle, the flavor develops a bit more sweetly, and it moves to a very pleasant, long-lasting finish that is gently bitter and spiced. Medium-light bodied, though the addition of the yeast gives it a bit more substance (recommended).

This isn't an in-your-face beer. It's more of an Audrey Hepburn than a Marilyn Monroe. Delicate, graceful, and no worse off for it, IMHO. A lovely beer for a warm San Diego day.

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Photo of mickeymac
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz bottle, a careful pour leaves a clear, pale yellow glass of beer. A vigorous pour with the yeast results in a cloudy beer that looks a bit like grapefruit juice. Either way, the head is stark white and made up of tiny bubbles. A constant stream of champagne-like bubble continues to rise to the end. The smell, unfortunately, is a bit reminiscent of Pyramid Hefeweizen. Citrus smell are there, but they're backed by a funky aroma with undercurrents of dishwater. It tastes a bit better than it smells, but it's still lacking. A nice sweetness comes through just at the end. It's nicely drinkable on a warm afternoon.

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Photo of ngandhi
2.99/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Up-front clove with a lemony finish and characteristic Avery bittering. Largely a confused interpretation of the style, but it develops in the glass which is much more than can be said of most other wits. Touch of phenols on the end to style.

Relax, relax.

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

Appearance - pours out a golden color wit some fogginess to it (follow the directions on the bottle to mix up the yeast). A nice weizen-type color with some white head and lacing throughout.

Smell - Wheat, berries, citrus smells come through. A pleasant array of aromas in this one.

Taste - A white belgian style beer. Wheat, berries, grapes, some grains. Not too shabby.

Mouthfeel - Not a great mouthfeel, since it does gove off some sour notes, but it is a neutral feeling overall. Easily slipping by he taste buds.

Drinkability - I liked it, but pobably would have only one adhn move on to something with some more body. A very good brew, but not my cup of tea. Too "belgian/American". Worth a try, though, since it is pretty good.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spotted this on the shelf in the cooler of a local package store when I stopped in to pick up a couple bottles of the 2004 Old Guardian. But, like always, I tend to "cooler shop" and in doing so, found Avery's White Rascal.
Presentd in a 12oz bottle as shown in the picture and poured as suggested on the label (slow pour, gently swirl, finish off pour to get the beasties on the bottom), White Rascal had a cloudy light yellow hue with a modest bubbly white head that faded down to nearly nothing despite the great carbonation. Wispy patches of lace were deposited in the head's wake.
Ingredients in this Belgian-styled witbier included coriander, curacao orange peel, Belgian yeast strains, Czech Saaz hops, wheat and Rockie Mtn water. The coriander and orange peel notes were most prominant in the nose, with a lighter spiciness likely imparted from the hops and a mild bread-like malt aroma. All in all, quite enticing.
The taste was light and lively, with a tangy orange zest flavor complimenting the coriander flavor nicely. The yeast and malt gave off a white bread flavor and it all finished up with a clean, light hops bite. The mouthfeel was light, dry and zippy from the tight carbonation.
I enjoyed this offering from Avery quite a bit. I was expecting a bit more from its appearance but appearances aren't everything. The taste and nose to this beer were quite appealing. This would make for a nice, refresher on a summer day.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Tall 12 ounce brown glass bottle with a catchy looking orange label that has a picture of a white rascal on it, with the words ‘White Rascal Belgian-Style Wheat Ale’. No freshness or strength listed.

Appearance: The first glass produces immense carbonation that forms large white head instantly the moment the beer hits the bottom of the glass. The body is a very pale yellow straw-like affair that looks wishy-washy to say the least. The bottles states that the first glass should be decanted from the bottle, whilst the sedimented yeast should be saved and swirled for the last glass. Even that seems to make little difference to the appearance.

Nose: Light yeast with some orange hints mixed in with a light barley-sugar flavored boiled sweet odor. Has a Wheat Ale nose, but it is tad light and thin.

Taste: Continuing the thin appearance and nose, the tastes do little to win you around. Starts with a yeasty wheat body, but it is delicate in strength. Some orange peel in the middle, with a soft spicy feel in the end. Long after the swallow some orange zest tingles the sides of the tongue. Not bad but very low key.

Mouthfeel: Rather thin, but this is a Wheat Ale, nevertheless, this lacks feel and presence. Zesty with a mild spice zing in the back end, some freshness, but little feel overall.

Drinkability: I picked up 4 bottles of this for $5.50, usually I buy new beer in singles, but after the previous quality Avery’s I felt confident about investing in 4 bottles. Yet I have a feeling that the other 3 will be spending some time in the fridge for the near future. Maybe this will be much better on a very hot day perhaps.

Overall: Sadly, the White Rascal is something of a White Elephant. Up to now I have enjoyed four of Avery’s creations, all were very good, but this was a huge disappointment – I expected much more. What the F*** Happened Here???

There are much better domestic Belgian Style Wheat Ales for my money.

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
2.43/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I cannot think of any other way to describe the way this pours other than cloudy urine. It looked like grapefruit juice. The smell was actually unsettling. It had a rubber or plastic aroma to it. I was hoping that the taste would differ from the smell and appearance but it didn't. There was a small citrus taste, but overall, it was very flat and odd-tasting. Maybe I am just not familiar enough with white beer, but I am sorry to say that this one will make me steer clear of going after another one.

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

Pours a hazy pale yellow with a thin white head that forms to the circumference of the glass. Good lacing.

This is a spicy, peppery, wheaty smelling beer. Hints of citrus mingle with the other smells to create a nice aroma.

There is orange and spice in the taste that make this a very refreshing beverage. This is a nicely balanced beer.

Nice medium bodied beer that has a dry slightly bitter finish. The citrus sweetness is balanced by this dryness. Perhaps a little too dry but not bad.

This is a drinkable beer that can be enjoyed anytime of the year although I'm sure summer is the ideal season to drink this. I liked this beer and would happily revisit it again and again.

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Photo of clvand0
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a light yellow color with a small white head and leaves very little lacing on the glass. The aroma is a mixture of spices, wheat, some hops, and a little citrus. The flavor starts out a little hoppy and then has the standard wheat flavor, but has a nice bit of spices to make it interesting. It's a good beer, but not too special.

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

This rascal poured a cloudy straw color with a small white head. The aroma was full of spices, with distinguishable coriander and maybe cloves, as well as dry wheat and a touch of orange. This brew was crisp and dry, with strong spice elements, good wheat flavor, and a hoppy crispness. The yeast adds a bready, round element as well.

This is a pretty good witbier, and a good showing for a style about which I am pretty picky.

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White Rascal from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 2,568 ratings