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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 SassyBootblack
4.32/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Rackhouse Pub, served in a New Belgium tulip glass for some reason. I'm reminded why this beer got me back into wit beers after one too many Blue Moons.

Appearance: A hazy deep gold color. It almost glows. White head.

Smell: Big fruity Belgian phenols. A little spice.

Taste: Creamy banana, more strong Belgian fruitiness. Maybe they used an abbey yeast. Whatever they did, it tastes fantastic. Some orange and spice.

Mouthfeel: Smooth.

Drinkability: Tastes so good, I could drink it all day.

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Photo of wages
4.97/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

served from a bottle into a snifter style glass

appearance - 4.5/5 - Pours a semi-dark cloudy straw color with a 1/2 finger head. Tiny bubbles can be seen streaming up the edge of the glass.

smell - 5/5 - Strong sweet, citrusy aroma with some spices in the nose too.

taste - 5/5 - Instantly tastes like orange and coriander. Not too much and not too little and followed by a crisp zest.

mouthfeel - 5/5 - Highly carbonated and refreshing.

overall - 5/5 - A very tasty Belgian style beer that is refreshing without overt "Belgian flavor".

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Photo of lazjuarez
3.12/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy straw color with one finger of white head which dissipates very quickly, leaving almost no trace of lacing behind.

S: Nose is full of citrus, lemon, and grassy notes. Also, yeast is evident, very earthy.

T: Taste is of mild citrus, and earthy yeast. Not much going on, but stylisticly it's where it needs to be.

M: Light-bodied, small carbonation, not too much depth/complexity. Still refreshing, great summer hot day drink.

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Photo of chileman13
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 12 oz bottle into a samuel smith glass.
A- light straw to golden yellow with a 1 1/2" white head.
A- wheat, light yeast with orange/cardomon/ ? spice.
T- light wheat beer with good spicing.
D- I don't know why but I really liked this witbeir/ hefe-cousin. It was refreshing and I felt better than the reviews show. Maybe it was the batch...

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

Aroma is a little more muted than I was hoping for. However you can smell the fruit, sweetness and spices within this beer. It just smells and looks refreshing. Poured a nice cloudy pale gold, as it should per the style. The orange and coriander are noticeable as they should be.

Taste hits first with the spices and lots of it. The orange citrus flavor comes across as it passes over the tongue and is then more noticeable in the back of the nose after tasting than it was initially to me.

Mouthfeel is smooth but with a lingering spice flavor and light to medium body. Drinkability on this one is high. This is my first time having it and I like it more than Hoegaarden, which is one of the only other Belgian Wits that I've had to compare it to. Give this one a shot for sure.

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

Comes out a nicely hazy light gold with a big frothy white head. It entices your nose with a nice wheat smell with overtones of orange and herbs. Body is light and silky smooth. Flavor starts out quite floral and touched with orange and lemon. It then smoothes out to a long sourish wheat finish.

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Photo of BittRnessabounds
4.17/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like the nice little white devil on the label, and my praise for this beer does not stop there. Finding white rascal proved to be much more difficult than drinking it. So i went to the brewery to procure a nice fresh batch.

White Rascal pours a nice straw/golden colored cloud with head that was at first rather abundant, and then settled to about 1/4 inch throughout the rest. The smell was that of summer time, very fresh, a bit fruity, and floral with a touch of yeast. Unlike some of the other whites that are dominated by yeast in the flavor, white rascal is dominated by the spices. Very nice subtle citrus flavor along with other spices(coriander) balanced with the yeast and a touch of hops, i believe Czech Saaz in this case. A very nicely balanced white to say the least. I very much liked this beer and would put it up there with Hoegaarden and Allagash White and above Blanche de Chambly as some of the best whites I've had.

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Photo of nms1987
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can with no freshness date.
Pours a cloudy yellow with good foam. The nose is spritzy and fruity, it even smells summer-y.

The palate is interesting. It is spicier than many wits, especially when cold. As it warms a nice orange fruit quality comes forward a little more. It goes down easily, the combo of spiceness and fruitness make it fairly refreshing while it also the little bit of slickness makes it more smooth than crisp.

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Photo of Anaz
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not very hazy for a wit, really clears up fast and has a big head of small, but not fine bubbles with a lot of lacing.

Lots of coriander and spice on the nose, a bit of clove, stale bread, and some pepper thrown in for good measure.

Tastes like it smells, with lots of coriander, pepper, clove, some malty sweetness that gets a little honeyed in the middle, and a hint of sourness. Very little hop bitterness, but some hop spice that evens things out nicely.

The medium-light body, creamy carbonation and gentle bitterness make for very easy drinking beer that would be be great for a two or three beer session, but the abv is a little high to spend all day drinking these.
Pretty good job overall.

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Photo of aahynick
3.01/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

40F in a pilsner glass

A- pale straw with thick creamy head

S- slight saaz aroma, not much else

T- thin, mild, light, not much hop character

M - almost watery

D- this is just okay, I sure wouldn't pay money for it again. it was little taste and no muscle

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Photo of deadbody
3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Interesting beer, not really my style very thin, and super spicy. Bought one bottle when a store was moving and selling all their singles cheap. I wouldn't turn one down if offered, but wouldn't pick to drink again.

A friend of mine took a sip and loved it, said he thought it was a good flavorful wheat.

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Photo of skenyon1811
3.05/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pint.

A: This is very carbonated, the head began to spill over. I could not pour the entire 12oz into a pint glass at once. The head receded quickly but left a nice thin layer. it is a cloudy orangish yellow color. I like the color of this beer because it is different from the norm.

S: Very sweet fruity scent. The aroma reminds me of cheap sparkling wine. It is definitely a unique aroma, I don't feel either way on it.

T: Very acidic and citrusy right in the beginning. Followed by a spicey taste. Hint of banana at the end. At first I thought it was pretty bitter but actually it is just the heavy carbonation. Bitterness is fairly low.

M: Even for a light refreshing wheat ale, this is tooo carbonated.

D: I would not turn one of these down, but at the same time I don't think I'll be buying another six pack.

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Photo of Generik420
2.85/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Really disappointed in this one. Poured into a 16oz pint glass.

Beer is ultra pale hazy yellow. Poured with a 1/4" white head that quickly dissipated with no lacing.

Smell was vaguely sweet, but really somewhat hard to detect.

Taste in my opinion was very similar to Goose Island 312, which isn't a great comparison to me. Kind of sweet, but seemed to be missing something. Some citrusy zest, but some unidentifable malty flavor persists as the after taste.

Mouthfeel was well carbonated as you took a swallow, but afterwards was a lingering oily coating of the mouth.

All in all, this beer to me is decent, but doesn't seem Belgian style at all. I personally wouldn't buy any more and would steer anyone towards Hoegaarden first for a beer in this particular style.

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Photo of ckaufman
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a tulip...

This beer poured out a very pale straw color with a nice white head that fell apart very quickly. Minimal retention of the head and very little, if any, lacing. The smell is what you would expect from a witbier... the smell of yeast with a floral/citrus note, corriander and spices, also a slight phenolic character. Again, the taste follows suit with wheaty bread-like flavor coated with spices amd a tart dry finish. This beer has a fairly thin body with a sparkling carbonation quality. Easy to drink, and pretty much middle of the road when it comes to the witbier sytle.

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Photo of AlesRTasty
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I found this one hidden in the back of the H-E-B. Poured into a pilsner glass a thick foamy head appears. The retention is poor but it leaves nice lacing. Itself appears yellow straw colored with a good amount of haziness. The smell is full of spices, corriander and some lemon in the aftertaste I think. It taste just as it smells, full of spice and citrus. It is quite flavorful. Good mouthfeel, approporiately carbonated. This six pack will go down easy. A nice pleasant surprise find if I must say. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of chiapete
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A cloudy , pale , yellow appearance. Poured with a half inch off head that faded quickly. left good lacing down whole glass.

has a yeasty, grainy , spicy aroma. Almost sour and alcohol smell.

taste was spicy , yeasty , a little oily . slight sweetness.
but the spice does come through. mellowed as the drink went on.

mouth feel was rather light and watery.
slight bitter after taste but not much.
a drinkable beer.

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Photo of beercam
5/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a perfect 5's across-the-board type of brew. True comestible art . That carbonation tho! Brrrr.

12 oz can, reading this on the bottom:
Canned 1-8-16
Then some inventory shit blah blaghh. Popped this at about 38 degrees... centrigrade!! Haha! Jk.. To me, this deep chill brings forward the best flavors of this very earthy, herbaceous stew, nearly garden-like in its yeasty presence, profoundly refreshing. Non-imbibers of farmhouses and belgians are depriving themselves of these deep, subtle, ornate ales. This beer to me represents a height of brewing activity, a triumph of liquid concoction. I find it endearing and chuckle-some that this beer comes in with such average ratings here on BA; an embarrassing exposure of a malnourished, confused, under-appreciative american palate in the realm of masterfully yeasty, spiced brews. Bros... seriously, check yourselves here.

But hey, bazinga, I drink this whenever and often, because it's a rival-less Belgian in a can whose quality stands up and out. I encourage all to support Avery, and to watch out for those oscar blue rascals, out there, breakin' tha law

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

I had a couple 6-packs of this beer over the years, and overall this is a very drinkable beer. It has a nice light citrusy flavor. I have friends who are not beer drinkers say that they enjoy this one. Not this best Wit I've had, but it's still enjoyable.

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Photo of flyingspatula
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a pretty good beer. Haven't had many of this style, so I probably can't review it as well as some. It has a nice light fruity taste, and good mouth feel. The color is a beautiful hazy white. This is an easy drinking beer, and I would definitely buy it again. Yes, a whole six pack! Avery has good beers overall. I tried a nice IPA of theirs, and I think a brown ale.

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

Absolutely nothing wrong with this beer. True, taste could be bolder, more pungent, but if serves the purpose of a witte. Definitely a good beer on a warm day or with spicy food.

Matter of fact, I drank mine poured in a pint glass with extra spicy pad thai take-out and it complemented my meal very well - the lemony citrus taste worked very well with the chilis in my pad thai, both taste-wise and it really helped cool my tongue.

Before tucking into the food, I poured a glass - cloudy gold with a substantial head and sticky lacing coating the pint glass along with a definite lemony aroma. First draught: lots of citrus and yeast. There's a creamy smoothness to this beer that follows the initial taste blast. Next time I'll try it solo and update here.

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

P: Very cool label. tall 12oz brown bottle. No best by date.

A: One finger head that retains ok. Cloudy pail yellow in color. and no lacing.

S: Orange and lemon.

T: Bit bitter, maybe from lemon & orange taste im getting. a bit of wheat.

M: Light body and well carbonated.

D: Easy to drink. a really good beer. i would love to buy a six pack of this.

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Photo of notafood
4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass: Very hazy light golden color, thin head that dissolved with a quickness. Very, very little visible carbonation.

Smells very bready , some yeasty citrus going on.

Tart and citrusy, a good dry, malty finish. Not as sour/spicy as I would have expected.

Mouthfeel is very light, and it coats the mouth nicely.

Excellent session beer. A real thirst-quencher. Great for summer time.

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

A - Pours a lemon yellow with a thin head of foam. Decent carbonation, but no head retention.

S - Coriander and cinnamon. Orange vanilla and cream.

T - Strong orange and spice. A bit of ginger and honey, and even some mild chocolate.

M - Smooth and crisp, almost cider-like.

D - A nice take on the Belgian white style. Orange flavor really stands out. Server was kind enough to leave out the slice of lemon or orange.

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Photo of elliot23
3.34/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Look: Poors a pale cloudy yellow. A decent 2 finger head with decent lacing on the outside.

Smell: Strong nose of yeast and and some mild spice and citrus. Pleasant.

Taste: A nice mellow and crisp sweetness. Hints of spice, banana, and citrus. A mild hop finish that is very well balanced.

Feel: Very light style of beer with adequate carbonation. Good finish on the tongue.

Drink: A nice belgium witbier. A good and refreshing drink, perfect for warm days. Woul drink nice with some sweeter flavored dishes. Also good by itself. Would buy it again.

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Photo of ryno09
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellow color with an eggshell white head. Lots of carbonation. Leaves a nice lacing as the head fades.

Brewed with orange peel and coriander, you get slight spice notes in the nose that is dominated by the Belgium yeast breadiness with a slight funk.

Taking a drink, this beer has a very smooth mouth feel. The spice notes are rather subdued, letting the wheat to shine through. It's an easy drinking beer, especially on a summer day.

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White Rascal from Avery Brewing Company
3.68 out of 5 based on 2,410 ratings.
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