White Rascal | Avery Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
22 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-04-2003

BEER STATS
Reviews:
754
Ratings:
2,383
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
24.18%
 
 
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57
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389
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Photo of womencantsail
2.86/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Blue Palms

A: The pour is a hazy pale golden color with a nice white head to go with it.

S: The coriander and orange peel notes of your traditional witbier are here, which is nice. However, the pitfalls of so many brewpub wheat beers are here as well: lemons and sour wheat. Maybe a little bit of corn, too.

T: The flavor is fairly light, somewhat watery, but very similar to the nose. The spice note is more pronounced than on the aroma, but the slight tartness is there again.

M: The body is light and a bit watery, but at least the carbonation is nice and lively.

D: This is not what I look for in a witbier. Too much like a crappy brewpub "hefeweizen" and just watery.

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Photo of russpowell
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours honey colored with a finger of cream colored head. Above average lacing & good head retention

S: Some band-aid notes, white pepper, some juicy-fruit once warm

T: Follows the nose, lemony notes as well up front, some grainyness too. Lemon & phenols as this warms, a touch of dryness too. Finishes with hints of juicy fruit, lemons, a whisper of grapwefruit, cloves, coriander & white pepper.

MF: Light/medium bodied with subtle carbonation

An alright Wit, but not upper tier by any means, still great to see another choice in canned beer though

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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 smcolw
3.19/5  rDev -13.3%
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 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 WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a clouded apricot golden orange hue with haziness galore, I'd call this unfiltered. Fine intricate lacing left as the bright white head dwindles. Aroma has orange peel citrus fruit, clove, with hints of coriander and even a touch of tropical fruit this is very nice witbier. Flavor spiced with citrus peel, coriander, hints of clove, with a refreshing yeast spiciness, more tropical fruits hints of chammomile. Mouthfeel is light bodied sturdy effervescent carbonation carries the beer pretty well. Drinkability was effortless the right type of beer to drain for sure, enjoyable and approachable to all. I'm surprised I've nevere reviewed this beer, it's one that I've tasted multiple times over the years.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.39/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I feel rather rascal-ish right about now, having righted The CANQuest (TM) ship after an extended foray into Bottle Land. I scored a buncha CANs at Pinocchio's in Media following the annual fest at Iron Hill, then I received some more from Onenote81, so it behooves me to get Crackin' & Gluggin'!

From the CAN: "Deviously Delicious"; "Belgian-Style White Ale"; "Ale Brewed With Spices"; "A truly authentic Belgian-style white ale, this rascal is unfiltered (yep, that's yeast on the bottom!) and cleverly spiced with coriander and Curacao orange peel producing a refreshingly zesty classic ale."; "Brewed with Rocky Mountain water, malted barley, hops, coriander, Curacao orange peel and Belgian yeast."

First CANundrum - how to agitate the yeast into suspension. I went with a combination of rolling the CAN back and forth on the counter, followed by a hand-held back and forth inversion ala a paint mixer. The Crack did not release a gusher, but I was ready if it had. I repeatedly interrupted the Glug to CANtinue to agitate the yeast into suspension. I was met with a finger of very rocky, bone-white head with moderate retention as a result. Color was a cloudy, hazy lemon-yellow, like fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice and even some floaties for good measure. Nose was redolent with spices, the coriander just reaching up to tweak my nose, followed by the zest of the orange peel, then the mustiness of the yeast. I recently polished off some Blue Moon in a CAN that had been hanging around, but this beer puts that one to shame! Mouthfeel was a tad thin, but the riotous taste of the spice, the citrus and the yeast was memorable. I am still not a big fan of the style, but I know a good one when I taste it. Finish was dry and refreshing. I'd put some in the cooler as long as people agree not to put fruit in it!

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Photo of jwc215
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy light lemon-drop - looks like cloudy lemonade - with a one-finger pillowy head that descends to a thin cover before becoming a patch. Some broken rings of lacing stick to the glass.

The smell is of wheat tang, orange peel and a touch of coriander - very soft/mild.

The taste is malty - barley malt more noticeable than usual for style - not a bad thing - with wheat tang. Orange peel and coriander lend slight fruity/spicy notes. Saaz hops are appropriately light. Malt sweetness turns to a dryish finish.

Appropriately light-bodied, but rather watery too.

Nothing "off", but nothing particularly special. Very mild - approaching weak.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can poured into a mini snifter.

Appearance - Slight haze to a yellow body. Some lacing. Good retention. Thin foam on the surface.

Smell - Lots of spice. Clove and such. Some wheat and a touch of citrus. Like lemongrass.

Taste - Some Belgian character comes through. Wheat. Citrusy. Spice in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Very drinkable, but thin. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Wits aren't my thing, but this had enough interesting flavors to keep me... well, interested.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
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 tdm168
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - dark, hazy yellow with a short, white head that has little retention

S - lemon, yeast, faint coriander, faint white grapes

T - wheat, faint yeast, faint white grapes, very faint spices

M - light bodied, crisp, well carbonated

This is an OK beer. I would like more of the wheat and promised orange peel to come through. The malt and yeast give off a heavy white grape note similar to a scaled down Tripel. It's easy to drink but boring. I won't buy this again.

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Photo of ejimhof
3.24/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is a good beer but not the best witbier. Seems to be missing some of the spices found in many other wits. taste is average and you would be better off with a Hoegarden or Victory Whirlwind. Not a bad beer but falls somewhere in the middle of the pack.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.47/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Hoegaarden witbier glass.

Classic bleach white creamy head, and two fingers tall and forms nicely and evenly of the pour. Classic opaque lemon and orange colored body. Some retention, but a standard soapy collar and some good staying power.

Solid impressive aroma. Tangerine oranges. Vanilla cream. Chewy sense of wheat malt and density. Love this fruit and vanilla like action.

Palate comes very impressively. Creamy malt body with a chewy palate. Lemon and orange flavors hit the tongue in a good splash. That creamy texture continues all the way down with the vanilla tones as well. Mild spice more like a dried grain sense on the finish, but finishes clean, wet, and nicely thick. Some popping bread toast as well that hits on the swallow nicely.

Really nice witbier, one I've put off for drinking in a long time, but good to know about since I really seem to be enjoying this one.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the La Jolla Brewhouse in CA. The beer was poured in a pint glass, and it was a yellowish coloring that almost seemed to have a green tint to it. The beer was hazy and unfiltered, and it had a white, frothy head on it. Spicy nutmeg aroma, with clove and citrus notes, as well. Creamy body with smooth flavors of citrus and spice. Herb highlights throughout the beer as well, with hints of parsley and basil (?). Tart from the citrus, with a clean finish and a spicy aftertaste.

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

12 ounce botle, w/o freshness indication. Pours light cloudy yellowy amber, with a white loose head, showing fine retentive powers and leaving plenty of loose, yet sticky lacing. Bubble kep on rising to the top, yeasties floating around. Nose is of chalky wheat stalks and grain husks. This is a fairly mainstream wheat ale, notes of a creamsicle ice cream bar, soft wheat, drying soft hops late, with some honey in the finish. Pleasant enuf, but nothing special, pretty boring by Avery standards.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very pale yellow with good head and great lacing, smells very loud.. if that makes any sense.. all sorts of herbal and spice notes with citrus and grass, not exactly something i loved but it sure was interesting. Taste was funky and there was a lot going on, funky on the tongue.

Overall this was an okay beer

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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 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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Photo of tempest
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pretty good wit, but not quite spot-on. Pours a nice pale yellow with hazy and a rocky head. Smells of spice and a little something else (a friend of mine called it Spam, I disagree). Its not a very citrusy wit and it lacks delicate flavors, the yeasty, corriander like flavor, however, is still quite nice. Nicely carbonated and easy drinking. I put this on par with Whirlwind Wit. Nice beers, but not quite Belgian. I've buy again if it wasn't $9/6er round here.

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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 Mebuzzard
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

the craft version of Blue Moon, as I say.
This is a nice summer beer, it's not as sweet as Blue Moon, with a lighter color. Nice head retention as well. Spice aroma and flavors are lighter than Hoegaarden but stronger than BMoon

The carbonation is a bit light for the style, but it fits this beer quite well. Throughout, there's a tone of orange and white pepper than comes and goes. Nice dry finish with a slight touch of wet biscuit dough. Could pair well with salads and lighter meats, grilled of course

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Photo of Tone
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, pale yellow color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of slight hops, coriander, sweet malt, and slight orange peel. Fits the style of a Witbier. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, citrus, slight sweet malt, and slight hops. Overall, a good blend, but body is a little weak.

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

Appearance: pours a pale yellow color with a 1" head that falls slowly. Some spotty lacing develops.

Smell: easily detectable banana, clove, coriander, and yeast.

Taste: light wheat tones with the usual spice suspects - clove, coriander, and pepper - along with some lemon zest and hints of banana. Mild bitterness levels.

Mouthfeel: simply put this is clean, crisp, and refreshing. Light in body.

Drinkability: very nice drinkability especially on a warm summer day as this quenches your thirst. Not the usual "over the top" beers from Avery, but worth trying.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy yellow with a small white head. Looks about like you expect a Belgian White to look.

The aroma is a mix of coriander, wheat and orange peel. Overall, the wheat is what stands out the most. The flavor is heavy on the wheat and coriander, with a little bit of orange mixed in to enhance the flavor. Very well balanced and easy to drink.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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

Capping off the night with Avery's version of a white ale. On to the beer:

Poured slowly into a pint glass, it's very light blonde to colorless. It's head is a suprise for the style, and it lasts until the last sip. Coriander and "crème d'orange" are in the smell. The flavor was mixed well, light, yet still yummy. Malted wheat, some cream, a touch of orange run around, with the saaz hops sizzling on the tongue. This brew hit the spot for me.

Update 6/1/11: Tried for the first time in four years. Head retention doesn't quite last as long. Doesn't quite have the depth of flavor that I remember, more singular. Still tasty, but I need to be fair and drop some scores accordingly.

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White Rascal from Avery Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 754 ratings.
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