White Rascal | Avery Brewing Company

White RascalWhite Rascal
BA SCORE
3.65/5
2,504 Ratings
White RascalWhite Rascal
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
averybrewing.com

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
Ranking:
#33,980
Reviews:
781
Ratings:
2,504
pDev:
13.7%
Bros Score:
3.33
 
 
Wants:
62
Gots:
471
Trade:
1
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Photo of XmnwildX12
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smcolw
3.19/5  rDev -12.6%
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 russpowell
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
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 paulish
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, light gold body with a small white head.

Smell: Aroma of honey and tangy-scented wheat malt with a full spiciness and notes of juicy orange peels.

Taste: Tangy, lightly sweet wheat malt followed by a brazen dose of coriander and orange peel (like taking a teensy weensy sip of triple sec). Touch of honey. Distinct pear fruitiness Spicy hops with a light bitterness. Pinch of coarse black pepper near the end. Orangey, spicy finish with a faint lingering sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: Tasty, but the additional spices are just a wee bit overbearing for me.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.39/5  rDev +20.3%
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 ZEB89
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Murky, almost milky, pale butter yellow. This may be the lightest witbier that I've ever seen. The tight-bubbled head is one shade darker than pure white and looks to be fairly stubborn; unsurprising since it's fed by mulitple streams of vigorous carbonation. Fine, intricate lace is situating itself on the upper reaches of the glass.

Classic, appetizing witbier nose with loads of coriander, clove and Saaz hops. Wheat malt and Curacao orange aren't quite as prominent. The flavor follows the nose pretty closely with spices (clove especially) in the forefront. Orange peel is more easily appreciated on the palate, but this still isn't an especially orangey wit.

Wheat malt makes its presence known in the firmness of the mouthfeel and in the mild sweet and sourness, but doesn't contribute much actual flavor. The body is light-medium and the level of carbonation is spirited without being spritzy; in other words, ideal for the style.

I've had a handful of good witbiers of late and White Rascal (great name) can easily be counted among them. Heavy on the spices, not too sweet, light of body and deliciously drinkable, this is yet another quality beer from one of Colorado's finest craft breweries.

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

Rich light amber in color with a good amount of cloudiness to it as well. A nice sized head of around two inches in height rose up immediatly but then settled down to about a half an inch and stayed that way until the very end. Some light side glass lacing on this one as well.

The aroma was full of grain and slight spices. Some small fruit notes, pears mainly, with a touch of apple. But this hay like spice kept everything going. Rich notes of grass and hay opened it up, and melded seemlessly into a pear driven fruity yeast body. Very intresting and quite complex, but then the smack of the spice hit you and it was all over. Really intense here as the almost pepper like notes bounced all over the tongue and really just put on a great show. Smooth as silk, the letdown in the finish was that it was just a tad thin and flat and that really seemed to just let it fade away all too quickly.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
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 orangesol
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of womencantsail
2.86/5  rDev -21.6%
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 atlbravsrno1
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of jgunther71
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of MarkyMOD
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.65/5  rDev 0%
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 BeerForMuscle
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of krome
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
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 tdm168
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
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 InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of ejimhof
3.24/5  rDev -11.2%
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 rolltide8425
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

White Rascal from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 2,504 ratings
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