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 LXIXME
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Medium sized slow falling white head sits above a clear pale straw golden colored beer.

Lemony and orange citrus aroma with some light pepper and wheat malts.

Light cracked black pepper with lemon and light oranges citrus taste.

Very light dryish aftertaste with a bit of the lemony pepper tastes lingering on with this light bodied beer.

I liked that peppery taste but it seem a little heavy on the lemon for me.

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Photo of largadeer
3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of superspak
4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 11/26/2012. Pours very hazy golden straw color with a 1 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big lemon, orange peel, pear, banana, coriander, clove, pepper, wheat, floral, and yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of malt and yeast esters with spices; and good strength. Taste of lemon, orange peel, pear, banana, coriander, clove, pepper, wheat, floral, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, orange peel, banana, coriander, clove, wheat, floral, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of fruity/spicy esters with malt and spices; with good robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, crisp, and very smooth mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent witbier! All around great balance and complexity of flavors; and very smooth to drink. I really enjoyed this one; far exceeded expectations for sure.

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Photo of mothman
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a weizen glass.

Color is pretty strange. A pale, cloudy straw yellow. Not to appealing. Head is full at first, but then fades down. Leaves some lacing.

The aroma was of banana and cloves. Citrus fruit smell was also noted.

The taste was quite similiar. There was a banana, lemon, and orange flavor in this beer.

The mouthfeel was crisp at first, but eventually faded to become smooth.

Overall, this is a really easy to drink beer. I enjoyed it and would recommend this as a nice session beer.

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Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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

Avery's White Rascal is an excellent example of the Belgian witbier style, and a hell of a lot cheaper too boot! It's hazy "white" yellow body is capped by a head of creamy white that's obviously buoyed by the effervescent bubbles streaming from beneath. In the nose it's quite typical with notes of coriander and citrus rind; and it's light body passes almost unoticed across the palate with the exception of a delicate zest at the front of the tongue from it's very-fine bubbled, effervescent carbonation. The flavor is drier and more coriander-based than some examples, but there is some tartness and a touch of lemon there as well. It's bitterness is restrained as expected, and it's quite nicely balanced. A very well-done, refreshing, and quaffable example of the style!

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Photo of Kurmaraja
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chinchill
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can.
Pours hazy apricot topped with a generous, foamy off-white head.
Typical fruity and spicy aroma with banana and clove.
Light, lively body.

Overall: mainstream and decent version of the style.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery in August 2009. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a pale apricot orange with a nice, billowing white head and a good amount of lace rings as it goes down the glass. Nose brings forward some citrus and wheat along with a hint of spice. Spice comes out more in the flavor, which still brings mostly a wheaty sweetness and a bit of orange and citrus. Feel is a bit thick and starts to feel almost like a shake. Drinks alright, but not my favorite representation of the style.

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Photo of oberon
3.57/5  rDev -3%
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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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of citrus, Belgian yeast, wheat, light malts, some spice and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste is well-balanced with bready flavors of wheat and Belgian yeast, fruity flavors of orange and lemon and mildly spicy flavors of clove and coriander. The malt character is light but still hearty enough to give the beer some substance. There's a mild hops presence but about the right amount for the style. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is a very good lighter beer to drink for a long time, especially if you're in the mood for the style.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a thin white head that is mostly comprised of larger bubbles that reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light lacing is observed.

S: The smell of this beer is rather mild with light notes of lemon citrus and some spices (clove).

T: Similar to the smell, the beer has flavors of wheat along with lemon citrus and some clove spice.

M: Light bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Easy to drink, refreshing, and sessionable - this is a nice summer beer. I could see myself picking this up for outdoor events as the beer is good and the can form-factor is also nice.

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

12 oz can into a shaker glass.

Pours a clear gold, with a finger of bright-white head. This retains with a thin foaminess, leaving back some fizzy looking lace. Pretty typical look here for the style. Grass and spice have some assertiveness in the nose, with an underlying sticky yet supportive mix of grains and sweet fruit.

There is a LOT of sweetness to the taste, from that mix of grains and ripe fruit, with a moderate amount of grassy bitterness evening things out. A firm spiciness trails into the finish, leaving behind a good bit of dryness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and initially prickly on the tongue before getting a bit thicker feeling on the sides. This thickness controls the feel a bit too much at times.

This was a decent enough Witbier I suppose but it never did find the right balance of sweetness and spice for me and just had an overall thickness to the feel that cut back on the drinkability of this.

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Photo of mactrail
4.27/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Like a slimmed-down Hefeweizen with a touch of spice. Smooth and fragrant. Surprisingly rich, malty flavor with a light, refreshing body. Nose of malt with a touch of banana and pears. A faint hoppy touch, but the stuff seems so well balanced. This just seems like the ideal pale, light beer. There seems to be just enough yeasty flavors to give it so much interest and complexity. Yet it's as clean and perfectly drinkable as any Pilsener.

On tap at Bergie's in Old Town, San Diego. Pale golden in the pint glass.

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3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

First had: on tap at their brewpub

Poured a cloudy straw-yellow with a nice white head that retained and laced well. Bready yeast on the nose, a bit funky, with notes of grass and citrus zest. Similar taste, yeasty, bready, wet grass, some pear and lemon. Crisp, appropriately carbonated, light-bodied, and quite drinkable for the style.

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

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

White Rascal is a hazy yellow with a tall, fluufy head. Retention is good. Aroma is of orange zest and sweet grain, with a little spice thrown in as well. A sip starts out with a big burst of orange zest, which actually reminds me more of tangerine, and spices. A bit of yeast flavor weaves in and out of a taste. An underlying sweet malt and wheat body provides excellent balance. Drinkability is through the roof. There is a lot of flavor here, nicely balanced and layered, this is probably my favorite witbier. Highly recommended.

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of billab914
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz can into my Southern Tier pint glass. It poured a hazy, lighter, golden yellow color with a thin white lacing clinging to the edges of the glass.

I get a lot of the orange peel and coriander citrus to it in the aroma. The spices of the Belgian yeast are also there and give some clove and nutmeg notes to it. Some sweeter, wheat malt is present in it as well. Decent aroma for the style, the citrus is a little dominating but it was appealing and refreshing.

The taste has a lot of the flavors that came through in the aroma. I get a lot of the orange and coriander throughout the flavor. I get some of the sweeter, wheat malt up front, while the belgian yeast spice seems to come out more in the finish. The flavors were pretty good up front, but seemed to get a little bit of a watered down feeling towards the finish.

The mouthfeel is light with carbonation being above average. Overall it was a decent and refreshing beer, but not an outstanding beer of the style.

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Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

White Rascal from Avery Brewing Company
3.68 out of 5 based on 2,490 ratings.
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