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 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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Photo of tone77
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a white color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of citrus, some spice. Taste is good, citrus up front, some mild spices at the finish, very easy drinking. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer, I imagine it would be refreshing during the summer.

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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 plaid75
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a hazy pale straw hue with a two finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured light esters and a grainy malt.

The taste consisted of sweet grainy malts, light spicy esters and an herbal hop.

The mouthfeel was round for the style.

Overall a decent wit.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz CAN into a pint glass.

White Rascal pours out Berliner Weisse yellow with mo yellow. A bit hazy on appearence but there was some yeast in the can. A flimsy head of white that leaves a lasting cap, no lace.

This one is all about the wheat and pale malt. Fresh wheat with some lemon drops and quite a bit of orange appeal. Pretty pungent unlike most wit's.

This one is great, tastes of fresh cut wheat with some small grassy tones. In the middle a nice mix of orange peel and lemon spritz's with a touch of coriander at the end mixing in with some malt sweetness.

Feel is very light and refreshing without a lot of carb going for it. Very smooth and easy going down. Not dead, yet not lively in any way, made for summer.

This went down easy enough, could easily go for a few more. Im always checking out Avery's smaller beers as they are spot on when fresh.

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Photo of biegaman
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled off tap at Mr.Goodbar in Buffalo.
A very gritty lemony yellow (the colour looks uneathly actually!) with bubbles and big bubbly white head. The body is hazy when viewed and rather spritzy when in the mouth. Flavours of fresh ground pepper and light, simple spices. It finishes on that very peppery note. Refreshing, although the body is lacking alot of texture. The aroma is filled with lemon and ginger. This is not a great version of the style, but still acceptable and easily enjoyed - Recommended as a real "lite" beer.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy straw color and is topped by a wispy pale white head. The aroma is an interesting mix of bready yeastiness, earthy/ herbal coriander, and a hint of zesty lemon notes. The taste is just barely sweet up front which accentuates the spritzy, citrusy lemon acidity. This beer is quite light on the palate and is quite refreshing. There is sort of an austere, dry note in the finish which seems to come from the coriander. This is quite a nice example of a Wit, it is spicy and quenching with its light acidity. Again Avery proves that they can brew great standard gravity beer.

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

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a wine goblet.

Appearance: very light straw/white color, nicely opaque, with a thin head.

Smell: light wheaty aroma; very subtle. Not bad, but barely present.

Taste: wheaty, but with plenty of basic barley malt. Quite grainy; almost no sense of the coriander or orange peel. There's also an almost soapy quality to the beer. Altogether, not bad, but nothing special.

Mouthfeel: now, here's something I like: medium bodied with a well-integrated carbonation which yields a nice creaminess.

Drinkability: like most wits, it is pretty drinkable. However, its grainy and almost soapy quality mean it is not *that* drinkable.

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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 Halcyondays
4.26/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a cloudy sun yellow, with a perfect cap of white foam, great retention, with extensive lacing.

S: Pastry bread, almost a glazed donut scent, white sugar, light orange in the end.

T: One of the breadier tasting wits that I have had lately, the wheat is sweet-tasting and there in droves dominating the flavour of the brew. Orange is secondary, coriander definitely comes in 3rd, only a hint of that spice, light candied fruit in the finish.

M: Definitely a fuller-bodied wit, creamy, smooth, but light enough to be easily drinkable.

D: A great wit all and all by Avery, been tasting a lot of wits lately, this is top notch within that group.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. can with 15192 stamped on the bottom. Sampled on January 2, 2016.

It is an unfiltered slightly foggy yellow pour with a quick lasting white head.

The aroma is of wheat, light coriander and herbs, hay, and sweet malts. There is also a touch of apricot in the mix.

Light but creamy body.

This tends to be much sweeter than a lot of beers of this style but it was not offensive because the wheat and mild spice characters kicked in with subtle fashion. Dry end.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a somewhat cloudy yellow body with a thick, two-finger head that died quickly and left a lace ring. A citric smell permeates with some sweet wheat odors and spices, but nothing overpowering. A little thin for my liking, but still retains a good lemon peel pop with some corriander and is a little fluffy thanks to the yeast. A good wit but a little underwhelming.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.32/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a one-finger white head that fades to a ring leaving no lace. Pale cloudy, yellow color with the chunky bits on the bottom. Medium bodied. Nose is a faint yeast. Medium-strong carbonation. Starts and finishes with a crisp citrus flavor that is not overwhelming. $1.49 for a 12oz bottle from Liquor Barn Lexington, KY.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pale whiteish yellow color with a nice creamy white head that leaves a good amount of lacing. The aroma features all the wonderful flavoris in belgain wits with wheat, orange peeland corriander. The taste is mildly tart with some yeast and wheat flavors with hints of the orange peel. The taste is good but a little thin and subdued. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Overall, this is a very good domestically produced wit that really surprised me. If I didn't know better, I would have thought this was made in Belgium. Recommended.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.31/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an extremely cloudy pale wheaty yellow colour - almost like lemon juice, with an initially frothy head of white bubbles which just dissipates to a light foam on the top. Only minimal carbonation. Body looks light and pleasant. I'm impressed by the cloudiness, which is often tamped down in the non Belgian examples. Looks very good indeed.

Nose is a little spicy, with hints of pepper and grapefruit rind, but it's rather muted. There's a light sour wheat character to it, and a round lightness, but it's all quite subtle. It doesn't impress me with robust fragrance.

Overly carbonated palate, sparkling and tingling with extremely zealous bubbling over the tongue from the first sip. The flavour is again very muted, perhaps even more so than the nose. Quite thin, with a light seltzer acidity and a wishy-washy spice note that I fear I only notice because I'm looking hard for it.

It's a pretty average wit, but it's drinkable as the style almost automatically implies. Not a huge amount to recommend it, but it's refreshing and quaffable enough. Just remember there are much better examples.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a cloudy pale straw with a foamy white head that soon dissipated to a clean lacing.

S: fresh lemon/citrus, oranges, bread and touch of pepper.

T: The initial flavor yielded a creamy wheatiness, citrus wit a dash of peppery spicing. There were some dry orange notes, a musky yeastiness, and breadiness before finishing dry with a touch of coriander.

M: thin, light and didn't leave much of an incentive to savor. Rather bland.

D: Drinkability was mediocre, unexciting and average at best.. nothing spectacular or worthy of future purchases.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Hazy straw colored pour with a small white head that fades quickly and moderate carbonation. Nice strong grain and lemon aroma. Flavor is full of grain, spice and lemon. Can taste yeast, wheat, coriander, citrus and a little clove. Very light bodied. Finishes with a lingering spice flavor.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice yellow-orange color with a good sized white head. Nothing too special on the nose, sweet wheat with a nice orange spice. The taste was a very good Belgian White, a perfect mix of sweetness, orange fruit, and hops. This brew wasn't too strong or too heavy and its taste grows on you so its very drinkable.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy straw yellow color. Poured a 2 finger billowy white head with fair retention. Laced in thick, even rings. Decanted continually.

S: Big citrus aroma hits first. Wheat malt and and muted spice scents follow.

T: Orange peel and sweet wheat malt. Muted clove spices in the middle and through to a lightly bitter hop finish.

M: Light body. Ample carbonation, but relatively smooth in spite of it.

D: Very drinkable beer in a very drinkable style. Crisp, clean and refreshing.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.42/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer has a hazy pale yellow body with a thin wisp of white head that swirled around and was supported by a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles.
S- The perfumed floral yeast aroma blends with tart oranges and a softer coriander support. As the beer warms there is a very soft banana hint to the yeast that adds a nice depth.
T- The perfumed yeast flavor has lots of nice ester flavors and some tart dried citrus notes. There is a good pale malt flavor that is slightly sweet and a dry finish of a green hop note with some lemon qualities.
M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a tight fizz finish.
D- The yeast, citrus and spice qualities are all supported by a nice pale malt base. There is lots of character and it is very drinkable with the bottle being way to small.

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

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a cloudy yellow/white color, this is what Wits should look like. Beer had a very small head that dissipated quickly, leaving no lacing. Had the head been a little more stronger i would have given a higher score in appearance.

That wonderful spicy Wit aroma is assertive on the nose and gives a nice preview of what's in store for the tongue. Those coriander flavors seem to be backed up by a touch of clove, and the expected orange is not really noticeable.

The body is a little fuller than typical for the style and has a dry finish. This style is very drinkable in general and this example has great drinkability even compared to other Wits. Overall, a very good example of the style, worth seeking out.

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

A 12 oz bottle that I picked up from Liquid Solutions.

A: The witbier is a hazy straw color. The haze gives a general dullenss to the ale, tempering the color further. A decent head is lacing around the mouth of the glass.

S: The aroma is very appetizing. Orange peel and coriander mix it up with a light wheat tartness. Biscuity grains also pop up.

T: The ale has a very pleasant flavor, fresh and refreshing. The curacao orange peel and coriander are strong, creating a sweet flavor that contrasts nicely with the wheat's tartness. Biscuity grains add to the lightness of the wheat; some heft is welcome. It's been a while since I've had a good witbier and this one hits the mark.

M: The ale has a very pronounced lemon finish, tart but sweet. The spice profile and wheat combine for a sweet and sour one-two punch.

D: This may be the first of Avery's standard line-up that I've really enjoyed. A solid witbier.

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Photo of barczar
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%

Pours a lemony straw color, lingering white head. Aromas of peach and wheat dominate initially, fading to bubblegum esters, light banana, and a hint of coriander. Clove surfaces late. Flavor is less intense, with a lightly bready, crackery backbone supporting pear and peach undertones,a bit of coriander and clove, into a slightly earthy, dry finish. Lacks a bit in mouthfeel and wheat character, but a fairly characterful example of the style.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.59/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Evolution Craft Brewing pint glass. No readable freshness date on bottle.

A- Pours a hazy straw color with a 1/4 inch head that dissipates fast. When swirled, bubbles slide down the glass quickly leaving liquid clinging to the glass.

S- Nice, spicy wheat nose with a bit of banana, orange and coriander but not much clove. Smells light in alcohol and hops.

T- Great wheaty, yeasty, banana-like flavors right up front. Spices come in next bringing out the style characteristic to a T. A hint of orange. Not too light, not too dark, not much alcohol. sweet but not too sweet. Superb.

M- Very light but not quite watery. Enough substance to make you feel like you're drinking real beer. Low carbonation is the only thing that detracts from its crispness but makes it that much easier to drink.

O- Pretty much everything I look for in a witbier.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.6/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

White/straw color with a decent white head. Spicy aroma dominates (coriander) with black pepper notes and wheat in background. More fruity in flavor than it smells with lots of orange zest... nice. Medium bodied and smooth ... very refreshing.

Nice - A rebuy !

Label states: "Malted barley, imported Belgian malted wheat, Czech Saaz hops, coriander, Curacao orange peel"

'03' emb on bottom ('1613' lasered)
Tasted: 10/16/04

(1.43 / 12 oz.)

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