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

Poured from a brown bottle with a white devil on the label.

A: Very cloudy yellow like a pineapple juice. Poured with a 1/2 inch brilliant white head that faded to a frothy coat quickly. Leaves scant lacing.

S: Wheat tartness and citrus sourness comes through. Definite presence of fresh ground pepper.

T: Lemon and green melon covered with honey under the spiciness. Spices are cloves and mace. Some pepperiness in there somewhere.

M: Prickly carbonation. Very smooth. Somewhat watery.

Overall: Very spicy and fruity. Interesting beer although it seems to me like it's a rather young recipe. I think it'll be interesting to see where this wit is another 5 years down the road.

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Photo of Higravity
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Not a bad little wit. Nice cloudy lemony-white with some brown yeast poured into the white head. Smells of chalky wheat and a citrus blossom. No sulfur in the taste at all, but plenty of wheat and sweetness tinged with citrus. Overall it is a little watery and that takes away from the taste. Poundable but forgettable.

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Photo of Foxman
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It pours a slightly hazy lemonade yellow, bright and carbonated. A finger-plus of pure white head drops soon to a map of froth. Dotty lacing punctuates the inside of the glass.

The aroma swirls tangy sweet wheat and malt, along with a mellow minty yeast bite. Cloves and coriander swell throughout.

Upon sipping, there approaches a grainy, grasy sweetness, promptly tamped down by a rogue tinny acidity that interrupts the flow abruptly. That bitterness then fades to allow the spices to warm the palate a bit. A bready yeast note appears toward the end, starting the finish, which drops away quickly. The halting elements and off-notes drive this into solid average territory.

Light bodied, the carbonation gives it some life, and the spicy character glows more as a sensation on the palate.

It sure looks pretty, and the aroma promises much, but it's downhill from there. The missteps in the flavor just can't be redeemed, at least in my mind, by the beer's assets. I can forgive a lot, but the bottom line is, how does it taste? Maybe I'm asking for a lot, but I want better than average in a wit. It's refreshing, on the surface, but drinking another just isn't in the cards.

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Photo of TheEclecticGent
2.47/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured this beer into a mug form a bottle.

A- This beer pours a clear (possible a tad bit hazy) straw yellow with a moderate head that fades about ½ way through the beer. Moderate to high carbonation.

S- The nose is very light a smells of cloves, cinnamon, and citrus. Not as strong of a scent as I would have expected.

T- OK the taste is a bit weak for this style of beer. It seems watery, like a small beer made from a full strength witbier. It says it has yeast in the bottom but I don’t see very much and it looks filtered, not unfiltered.

M- Very light body with some fizz.

D- I’m not impressed overall. It obviously has all the earmarks of a witbier but falls short. I can think of 4 whitbiers that I would prefer over this instantly. This is not a bad beer just not as impressive as many in it’s class.

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Photo of Reidrover
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I hope i did not get an "off" bottle here.
I say this because this is not a really attractive looking beer at all, strange pale yellow looking and hazy with a small white head..not pleasing to the eye.
Aroma is very plain of lemon mostly with a slight pepperyness.
The taste has hints of esters/bananas a little spice and mosatly lemon. a little malt is detected.
Very thin on the palate not exciting at all.
I found this dissapointing..I know wits arent the biggest and most flavorful of beers but thi was rather limp and pedestrian.

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Photo of francisweizen
2.83/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Boring light yellow with a small flimsy head that dies a quick death. Aromas of seltzer water, corianer, wheat, and other spices. Taste is weak and watery, as is the mouthfeel. This is like a wit-light or something to that effect. Drinkability suffer, but this is kinda refreshing in its blandness....I'm sleepy.

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Photo of Jredner
3.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Aroma is quite musty and funky with hints of coriander and fresh bread. Hazy yellow in color with a mostly diminishing fluffy white head. Flavor is fairly funky with lots of spices mixed in and more of that fresh bread flavor from the yeast. Finish is thin, tangy and bitter. Better than I remembered from previous samples, but still not something I’d go to often.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy with a thin film over the lemony yellow liquid.
Smell is yeast, hops, citrus and spice.
Taste is yeast, malt, banana, lemon, cloves, nutmeg, & hops.
Good effervescence, a light body, crisp with a malty banana & spice aftertaste. Another solid offering from Avery.

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Photo of Vancer
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Another solid offering from Avery. Good start – hazy & chunky dull yellow brew with a foamy, sticky white head. (No bottled date – boooo!) A citrusy aroma, with the hints of Belgium yeast.

The taste – ummm, the ol’ Belgium yeast again appears, along with notes of orange and sugar cane. Very nicely balanced, the Saaz hops take the sweetness edge off impeccably.

A tad thin, especially as you finish a few off, but that’s the only real drawback. No abv on the bottle, guessed 5.5%, and see on the site that I hit the nail on the head – a blind squirrel finds another one!

Very tasty and refreshing spring/summer brew.

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Photo of phishgator
2.12/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

I get to start with the fine point of this brew, it's appearance. It pours into a Wiezen glass with a large foamy head that doesn't dissipate. The color is a nice pale straw, just like it should be. Then everything seemed to go downhill! The aroma was faint. The taste or lack there of was just plain missing. There was no banana, cloyiness or even a strong sweet wheat base. The mouthfeel is thin. This all leads to the fact that I don't want another one of these again.

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Photo of Suds
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a light yellow color with a tremendous haze (cloudy, milky, and impenetrable). The head is moderately large, very white, and fairly stable…nice lace. Great fruity aroma on this one. Lot’s of orange…maybe a little too much, because it can become overwhelming, but it’s initially very pleasing. There’s coriander, an herbal, pepperyness, grain, and wheat. It has a very sweet and inviting smell. The taste is instantly refreshing: crisp, spritzy, slightly sweet up front, with a moderately dry finish. It’s got a light, airy wheat flavor. I’d enjoyed a heavy meal before having the refreshingness of the beer really picked me up. Almost no hops are detectable in the brew, just a little bitterness at the end. Smooth. Fruity. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Gritsak
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- hazy pale golden color with a fluffy white head. head dissapates to a light film that lightly laces the glass.

S- stong yeast aroma, clove, spice, some fruit hints such as banana and apricot...also a little medicine like scent.

T- nice smooth yeast flavor, balanced well with some spicy and fruit notes. hops are minimul but very delicately linger on the tongue.

M- fairly light and refeshing feel. pretty smooth, but a little over carbonated for the style though.

D- i could put down quite a few of these.

overall- pretty nice wit. nicely balanced, smooth and refreshing. one note, when sampled cold it tastes a little watered down, but once it warms a bit the flavor is much more full.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Milky whitened straw yellow with light grey edges and a small bubbly capping of whitish foam unpersued from staying present. Light lacing etches the glass in small patches of thick strings.

Light but present nose of citrus rind spices of lemon, orange, and lime, corriander, a bit of musty dryness, and a fresh floral petal essense tickling the air.

Taste is light in body at first, lightly grabbing across the palate with a delicate zest at the front end. Flavors have very tiny bits of the corriander and flowers to it, but there is some citrusy, sugary tartness of lemon. A restraining pithy bitterness nicely balances out the wheaty dry backing and sugary citrus flavors.

Feel is very finely bubbled with an effervescent carbonation and snappyness over the front and middle. Continued smoothness sets well in the mentioned balance above and seems to keep a quick, lighter medium body. Front is a little too short and slippery, watery even, but picks up quicky to gain some momentum for a bit. Ends abruptly and without much action in the finish. Semi dry, semi citrusy, and paled down. An OK brew to have a couple of as it drinks down fine enough. Just not alot to go back for.

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Photo of benito
4.27/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've been enjoying White Rascal ever since I first came to Colorado two years ago, but only now am I getting around to reviewing it. WR is a champagne, creamy white with thin head and lots of yeasties floating about throughout the pint. The bouquet is strong on bubblegum and rubber, and these flavors contribute to a soapy dryness that balances out the sweeter/spicier elements of the brew (orange peel and coriander, of course).

The mouthfeel is light and highly refreshing, the latter of which adds substantially to its drinkability factor. The spiciness rounds out the brew on the back of the tongue and cleanses the palate which is initially left
rather dry.

White Rascal demonstrates an uncommon restraint for a beer of this style, which I've found too often to be either watery or cloyingly sweet. The result is a delicious and easy-to-down brew that compliments roasted vegetables, salads, and other appetizers. Hands down, this is one of the best wits I've ever had.

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

01/14/06- Purchased at Sun Devil Liquors in Mesa, AZ.

Presentation- 12oz bottle, no freshness info. Poured into a chalice like glass.

Appearance- Pale yellow, headed towards white in color. Cloudy in looks. Full 3/4 inch head which settles into a nice 1/8 inch frothy head. Nice streaks of lacing.

Smell- Not a real strong smeller, but when you dig in you find a pleasant corriander and lemon rind scent.

Taste- Typical of good refreshing wit's. Highest in corriander flavor with a good lemon hit behind it. Maybe some white pepper as well. A bit sweet and also a bit hoppy.

Mouthfeel- Nice average carbonation level.

Drinkability- Nice wit at a good price. Would be my go to if it were available to me and I wanted to save some cash.

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Photo of Litterbean
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I really like witbiers. This one is a good one, though not great. It looks good with all the yeast swirled in, like a sandstorm in a glass it overtakes the entire beer. Smells of spices and yeast. The taste is good, but not mind blowing. The chalkiness that accompanies the yeast is present, and the spiciness is also good. Still, there wasn't much that wowed me, and it made for a less than stellar beer. Less than stellar, however, still means it's a good'un. I could drink this and enjoy it many times over. I just wish it had more pizazz.

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

Pours a cloudy white color, some carbonation, fizzy head which does not last long, some lacing afterwards. Scents of grassy wheat, corinader spices, and orange. The taste is tangy, kinda dry, and clean. Medium body. Very drinkable. A good representation of the style, definitely in the Hoegaarden range. Would recommend for sure.

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Photo of BeerAngel
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a hazed brass color with little to no head. The aroma reveals musty fruit and spices that smell quite nice. The taste is light and contains flavors more of the fruit and spices and a light black pepper hop lying off in the distance. This is a light bodied beer that finishes with a jagged bite and then sliding into a slight sweetness. All of this is quite nice, yet a tad muted. There again with the weaker taste, it makes for a highly drinkable beer. Cheers and thanks to pineywoodrooter for the beers!

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Photo of Illinick
2.92/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: VERY Pale, cloudy yellow in color with a white fluffy head that shrinks to a ring with multiple island formation. Nice lacing.
S: Tart citrus, orange peel, banana, some vanilla, and coriander and other spice. Quite a tart smell; however; there is an off putting "steel" scent in there.
T: BLAND typical wit flavors-some spice, citrus, orange peel, and banana. Also, macro tasting corn and barley. Tart fruit that is almost sour.
MF: light and watery.
Overall: An admirable stab at an american wit, but comes up short, probably would never try again.

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Photo of IceAce
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy straw colored body with a sticky collar of white foam. Nose is yeasty with notes of Belgian yeast and corriander.

Entry shows zippy carbonation and a slightly thin mouthfeel. Midtaste features spicy notes of orange peel, corriander and yeast. The finish leads with a crisp mention of hop followed by a slow yeasty fade.

Certainly not a bad Wit...just wishing there was a little more substance to the application of the style.

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

Received this from my Uncle on vacation...

This beer pours a macro light lager (got worried) color in pale yellow, the head was large and retained very well, head retained the whole 45 minutes with nice lacing effects all the way down. The beer has a touch of spice and wheat when under the nose.

The taste is just like the smell and is refreshing and light, too light, almost like a light 'Hefe' beer. Goes smooth due to the nice head retention and is drinkable due to its lightness, but I still want a little more in the taste department.

Final Thought: Well, This beer is Hefe quality except you can't taste it, if they would double the ingredients with the same amount of water Avery would have themselves a classic on hand.

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Photo of UncleFlip
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very pale, hazy yellow. This is quite expected. One finger head quickly thins to a mere coatint of white on the top.

Smell is a laod of banana and spice (clove upstages everyone with a brilliantly turned double axel),with citrus join in for the chorus' final crescendo at the end.

Flavour has a dry, grainy feel to it- with lots of yeast and spice. Estery bits on the end suggest banana (but don't put it up on a banner above your head).

Carbonation is a bit rougher and more present than I would like but I stress, just a bit. I do not feel at all like I've gargled Liquid Plumber. Liquid holds its own- not too thin, not too thick.

Very drinkable. The carbonation would annoy me after a while, but it's a good beer I'd gladly drink more than once.

Be well

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

$4.25 bottle at Brickskeller's in Washington DC.

After walking to the bar from the metro stop, I needed something crisp and refreshing. I'd never had an Avery product before, but it turns out I made a wise choice.

A delightful beer. So crisp and clean - fantastic! It is very lively - not like so many other Belgians I've had where the saison yeast just overpowers everything else.

Light and refreshing, but not in a wimpy or weak way. Full of personality and character.

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Photo of Zorro
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very pale cloudy yellow beer with a large white head, exactly what it should look like.

Smell is very fruity and spicy with a good scent of raw coriander and orange peel. Light sweetness and a little wheat malt in the scent, very clean with no faults.

Taste is spicy with a lemony acid edge. Good flavors of coriander and orange peel with a good bitterness in the finish. Slightly sweet but this is mostly a spice and hops beer. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is good and a little light as it should be for the style.

This is simply and outstanding rendition of a Belgian witbier, better than the Hoegaarden that we get in the USA. Outstanding in all respects, THIS is now my most preferred Witbier.

Addendum: Looked at some of the other reviews here and most did not rate this as highly as I did but I stand by my review; This is an excellent beer.

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Photo of beermanbrian
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy pale yellow in color. Very thin head that clumps a little around the edge. Very active carbonation level. Smell of citrus and yeast. Taste of orange peal with a nice wheat backbone. Nice level of carbonation on the tongue. Very smooth finish. A very drinkable beer. Some qualities that i am not crazy about but it hits the style description dead on. All in all the best witbier i've had.

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White Rascal from Avery Brewing Company
3.68 out of 5 based on 2,437 ratings.
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