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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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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Photo of HardTarget
4.02/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Standard brown bottle with no date, but pouring instructions to swirl and pour the yeast. Saaz hops, Belgian malted wheat, coriander, curacaos orange peel, Belgian yeast listed as ingredients.
Aroma: Sour citric lemon/lime smell with mild spices. Malt also comes in. Getting a bit of the coriander but not much.
Appearance: Hazy light yellow with a nice white head that filmed and collared. Chill haze subsided some as it warmed. Mild lacing.
Flavor: Surprisingly light. Starts with a wheat malt base, shows a bit of spice, then finishes with a citric twang that leaves a good sour aftertaste but isn’t very clean. The sour fades to a bitter that encourages the next sip.
Mouthfeel: Heavy carbonation and a light body. Fizzy, with a bit of puckering bitter.
Overall Impression: There is something in the aftertaste in this beer I’m not liking. It’s a good wit, roasted wheat, nice yeast, good spices, but it was too light and mild. Would guess this might make a good “I hate wits, but want to try one” beer. Would have wished for a date on the bottle, corriander fades so quickly. I was in the mood for something Belgian, and White Rascal scratched that itch.

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

Hazy pale yellow with a good head. The aroma is coriander and slight citrus (orange) with some soft wheat. The flavor is coriander spice and bitter orange peel with a medium wheat body. The finish is dry orange peel bitterness.

Notes from the SMA Holiday Beer and Bluegrass Festival:
"A truly authentic Belgian styule wheat or "white" ale, this Rascal is unfiltered (yup, that's yeast on the bottom) and cleverly spiced with coriander and Curacao orange peel producing a refreshing fruity thirst quencher."

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

Very pale yellow color, yearning toward white, with a beautiful head, pure head, fresh and frothy head.
The nose is everything I'd expect from a witbier, or any decent imitation, alert, spicy, citric, a touch dry, some lemon, a show of orange, and overall, inviting and appetizing.
Taste: decent hops at first, nice wheat texture, very light in body, and extraordinarily drinkable. I could kill a ton of these in the summertime. (I can only admire that attribute now as the snow falls!) It's lightness and smoothness is it's perfection, a bit more lemon than orange in the flavor, very thirst-quenching and full of zing!
Thanks to vitriola for this one!

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Photo of BittRnessabounds
4.17/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like the nice little white devil on the label, and my praise for this beer does not stop there. Finding white rascal proved to be much more difficult than drinking it. So i went to the brewery to procure a nice fresh batch.

White Rascal pours a nice straw/golden colored cloud with head that was at first rather abundant, and then settled to about 1/4 inch throughout the rest. The smell was that of summer time, very fresh, a bit fruity, and floral with a touch of yeast. Unlike some of the other whites that are dominated by yeast in the flavor, white rascal is dominated by the spices. Very nice subtle citrus flavor along with other spices(coriander) balanced with the yeast and a touch of hops, i believe Czech Saaz in this case. A very nicely balanced white to say the least. I very much liked this beer and would put it up there with Hoegaarden and Allagash White and above Blanche de Chambly as some of the best whites I've had.

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

No fear of spicing here - the beer teeters on the edge of being heavy-handed, but pulls back just a bit to hang on to drinkability. Lemony hazy, with powdery clove aroma. Sweet with yeasty clove and a citric brightness. This is what Blue Moon could be, if Coors knew what they were doing.

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

A solid beer across the board, this little rascal pours a dark hazy yellow with a starting white head of about 3 fingers. The head dissipates to athin layer over a couple of minutes but does its job of lacing the glass. The aroma is classic: lots spice and yeast notes crowd the olafactory network and sing of the wheat. The flavor is a bit less classic with a fairly subdued clove sense and rather nice citrus level that is a bit atypical for the style. Nice feel continues from start to finish with less dryness, but a nice gentle linger. Good drinkability especially in warm weather venues.

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Photo of Winter
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale cloudy golden color with a fluffy white head. Aroma is that of a classic wit. Yeast, wheat, coriander and other spices are all there. Bright and creamy med-bodied mouthfeel. Very clean wheat front combines with a vanilla sweetness. Some mild bitterness exists in the middle with a lemony tang. The finish picks up the wheat flavor again in addition to some yeast. It seems to tie all the flavors and spices together. Excellent drinkability, as this wit goes down very smooth. If there's one knock on it, I wish the spicing was a little more prominent in the flavor profile. Other than that, White Rascal is an easy drinking and refreshing offering.

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Photo of Gusler
4.04/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The pour produces a beclouded lemon yellow color with the head plentiful and the color a brilliant white as this creamy delight evanesces a satiny sheet of lace clings longingly to the sides of the glass. Sweet malt and hints of yeast at the front, coriander and fresh grated orange peel also in this splendiferous nose, start sweet and tart, top is light to moderate in its palate pleasing feel. Finish is stinging in its acidity, the hops spicy and pleasing but not overstated, very dry aftertaste and another “winner” from this most magnificent brewery.

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Photo of maxpower
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy and hazy light golden-yellow color, spicy and earthy citrus aromas, decent white frothy head that sticks to the sides of the glass.Wheat with peppery and spicy yeast flavors, crisp carbonated mouthfeel, finishes clean and dry, great for the style, very refreshing and tasty.

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Photo of jcalabre
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this baby up while on a business trip in Colorado.
In my humble opinion, this is an Excellent example of a Belgian Wit. I really enjoyed it. If you like this style, seek out this beer. It was originally introduced as a summer seasonal, but when I visited Avery's brewery, they told me that it would be year round.

It's a hazy yellow color with a small white head. It has the crispness that you expect from a white.
Great job.

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Photo of kbub6f
4.27/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The head is small. It's also white and foamy. The bright yellow/gold beer is slightly hazy. Minimal spots of lacing. Gorgeous nose: buttery, grainy, nutty, fresh, flowery, creamy. The front is a simple combination of fruit, butter, pepper, coriander, and orange/citrus. The middle is tangy, fruity. A nice, dry, buttery, peppery finish. Surprisingly bitter. This is good. The butter gives this a slight edge in my book over some others. But I think the coriander is just a little overstated. Delicious.

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Photo of Morris729
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden straw color with a good-sized bright white head that has a surprisingly long retention. Nose is coriander and orange zest with a bit of sweet malted wheat. Taste picks up right where the aroma left off with some initial sweetness of wheat and barley followed by some spicy notes (mostly coriander) leading to a finish of some acidic orange citrus and semi-spicy hops. Light, crisp, and refreshing. A great brew for the summer. I could easily drink several more of these, and thankfully, there’re five more in the fridge.

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Photo of RxforBeer
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was recommended when I was in search of GLBC Holy Moses. This was a good substitute and sample of the Belgian-style wit beer. It is lightly carbonated and light-bodied. It has nice spicy notes and some hop to its flavor. A bit of a spicy aroma also. It is a wonderful seasonal beer that is good on a hot summer day. (although the Holy Moses on tap is better.)

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.44/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This isn't a bad Wit. Pours a light gold color with a medium thin white head. Thin lacing. The aroma is nicely hopped with some citrus and spice thrown in as well. Light and crisp with flavors of citrus, clove, hops and other spices. The finish is somewhat wheaty and spicy. Overall a refreshing and crisp (if a little mundane) Wit.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Original review 8/10/03, re-reviewed 8/23/10.

$1.89 for a 12oz bottle. Brewed with 2-row malted barley, Belgian malted wheat, Czech Saaz hops, coriander, Curacao orange peel, and Belgian yeast. Unfiltered. Pours out to a lightly milky delicate straw golden, forming a rocky white head atop small bubbles, good head retention and nice sheets of lace. Carbonation is moderate. Aroma opens with delicate clove, coriander, and a trace of orange. This reminds me very much of Blanche de Chambly with much less carbonation. I'm thinking they used the Unibroue yeast strain. Mouthfeel is spritzy and soft with a watery light body. Taste begins with delicate Saaz hops, followed by a brisk wheat malt body, coriander, clove, carrots, and ending in a smooth, mild bitterness. Lightly floral and semi-bready.

Very easy to drink. A solid wit. Cheaper and just as good as Blanche de Chambly and Hoegaarden. I'm inclined to get it again when I'm in the mood for a spicier witbier.

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

A solid wit that offers the usual array of orange and coriander aromas and flavors. Nose is solid and pushes the same sensations to the palate where some orange peel pushes into something slightly spicy. Hoppy foilage flavor -- dandelions and weeds! -- in the finish. An all-around good wit -- nothing too unexpected though it did seem a bit under-spiced and a tiny, tiny bit fuller bodied than I might think of for a wit.

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

Smogged goldenrod with a restrained white fluff.
Typical wit nose of coriander and orange peel. Yeast adds some cracked pepper and white bread.
One thing about wits, in general, the nose seems to mirror the flavor to a higher degree than most other styles. So there aren't many suprises to be had, taste-wise. A pils-like malt up front that is saltine-crackeresque fading gently into unmalted wheat. Orange curacao develops, albeit mildly, and mingles with the somewhat more assertive coriander. Turns breadier midway with pricks of black pepper. The final lap sees this turn additionally tart, with a mellow lemon sorbet just prior to the drying, grassy Saaz closure. Well hopped, but not out of proportion.
Lightish mouthfeel, yet crisp and easy-flowing.
Not substancially different than any number of other well-made Witbiers, but that is not a bad thing.
A solid rendition and a worthy warm weather whistler wetter.

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White Rascal from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 2,551 ratings